Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Plea to Save a Life

Refugee fears death in Pakistan


Roohi Tabassum, 44, shown in her lawyer's office April 6, 2009, says she will be killed by her husband if she is deported to Pakistan, booked for this month.

Hairdresser says husband overseas has threatened to 'finish' her if she's deported to her native land
April 07, 2009


Roohi Tabassum had nothing when she arrived in Canada eight years ago as a refugee from Pakistan.

But since then, Tabassum, 44, has built a life in this country. She cuts hair at a salon. She bought a house in Mississauga. She calls Canada her home.

But at the end of the month, the life Tabassum struggled to build for so long is in danger of ending. An unsuccessful refugee claimant, she faces a deportation order to Pakistan that could, she says, be a death sentence.

Tabassum says her husband, Faisal Javed, currently living in Dubai, has sent her written threats saying she has dishonoured him by working at a salon where she touches the hair of men and women.

Tabassum also says her husband suspects she has a boyfriend after a friend's husband answered her phone one night when her husband called from Dubai.

"If I go back I will be killed and because of me, some of my relatives will be in trouble too," Tabassum said through tears in an interview.

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Call the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C. and tell them:

DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum

DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum

DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum

Canadian Embassy - Washington
501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Tel: 1 (202) 682-1740
Fax: 1 (202) 682-7726